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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Photographed byCon Boekel on Tue 31st Jul, 2018 and uploaded on Wed 8th Aug, 2018 .
CommentThis was taken over a small temporary road puddle. The puddle was an important habitat element for Welcome Swallows. They gathered mud, hawked for insects, plunge-bathed and skimmed the water for a drink. The bird above has its beak agape preparatory to hitting the water for a sip. My calculations (may!) indicate that contact with the water can be measured in thousands of a second. Unfortunately the length of the puddle was at right angles to the sun and any breeze tended to come from nearly the opposition direction. The puddle evaporated completely before I could capture the perfect skimming shot.
EquipmentCanon 5D Mk IV
Canon EF 500mm 1:4 L IS 11 USM
Canon EF 1.4x 111 extender
Manfrotto ballhead
1/4000 sec
0 step
500 mm
Processed using first DPP 4 and then PSE 13
LocationKingscliff (New South Wales)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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